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I've been free for quite awhile.....installed linux in feb '04..isn't it great...no viruses, no trojan horses, no Bill Gates looking over your shoulder....
Hope some hacker puts a virus into his windoze based electronic house...causes a reversal in his bathroon Active X batch file, covers him with u know what, had has him thinking happy happy thoughts for eternity....LOL..LOL..LOL
Originally posted by GoinEasy9 .....installed linux in feb '04..isn't it great...no viruses, no trojan horses, no Bill Gates looking over your shoulder....
Ya know what is really sad........most people just cannot get the message that
win XP is SPYWARE!! --WPA (windows product activation) is the biggest piece
of spyware and everyone just kisses Bill Gates arse and they don't give it a
second thought............and the coming release of Longhorn will be a bigger piece
I shall be free as SOON as I finish configuring my terratec card and its I/O and can install and configure JACK and prolly ARDOUR so that I can create music at a professional level with latencies so small they are INSIGNIFICANT (ie <=7 or 8 ms)
Then I can ditch M$, cubase, and the whole sorry cash-to-upgrade cycle
Whoo Hooo! I'm happy for you. I have had a box running fedora core 1 for over a year and love it. Recently I set one up with core 3 and haven't looked back. I hardly ever look at my XP box any more. Freedom rulz
cmon be a bit more fair. we are all geeks here and put plenty of time into linux distros and we learn by doing. most of us have years of win expirience and I find xp a quite stable system once you configure it right, still use it for en/decoding video. I will for sure keep up with longhorn and xp64 even though I do most productive work with kanotix or mepis (cant decide which one to be my no 1)
I guess for 90% of the pc-users on the planet windows will be the only opportunity, until linux turns (even more) user-friendly. most people dont have the skills, the time and the nerve to endure 6 month with a steep learning curve. a lot has been done since suse 5 (my first short experience in linux; I didnt manage to make a change till one year ago), but its still a long way to go to pull more people over. dont get me wrong, I dont like billy boy, but dont condemn him either. for example he puts billions of windows-money into charity. so cut him some slack.
I'm also FREE, well in fact 1/2 free because my system is dual with windows xp, but I use more SUSE 9.3 than Windows because I want to learn, to explorer a new kind of world, this is not really my first distro, I'm using Linux from red hat 7.2, then SUSE 8, mandrake 8.2, mandrake 10.1, mandrake 10.2 RC2, and finally SUSE 9.3 and this last one is wonderful and better!
I'm also FREE, but I'm sure like many of you, we tend to find ourselves back on our Windows machines from time to time. I know I do when I use it for photo editing and Fireworks, and before I know it I'm using it for the web and GAIM. I mostly just run servers on my linux boxes. mainly FC3 and one FreeBSD box.
I don't fault Mr. Gates for his success and fortune, but I do for some of his business practices. The MS de-facto standard has had its benefits, as well as its drawbacks.
That said, I resent product activation as a draconian measure to fight piracy. MS is not an open-source company and has every right to protect its intellectual property, but treating customers as if they are criminals and making them reactivate when significant changes are made to their machines is just plain wrong. Open Source alternatives have come a long way, and can now compete with proprietary software, so we are once again getting choices.
I find myself spending 95% of my personal computing time on a linux box, only going to Windows to use Illustrator, Photoshop or SimCity 4. Yeah, I know about The Gimp, but I still prefer the Adobe products. At work, my employer mandates Windows, so that is what we use.
I love Open Source, I love Linux, and ain't choice a wonderful thing?
I reckon that Bill Gates has indeed done wonders for the whole "PCs-are-good-at-home-not-just-at-work" scene.
I do, though, hate some of his business practices but am not totally convinced that all of the problems/monopoly issues are entirely to be laid at his (personal) door for blame.
I think that once a company becomes the behemoth that Microsoft is, it is almost inevitable that ppl kind-of get steam-rollered and competition becomes ever more difficult.
Yep, he sure does od one HECK of a lot for charity... probably more than any other american one could name; and for that I have great admiration for him. Enormous admiration, in fact.
Maybe the business practises sort of crept-up on him and his business before he knew where he was his advisors et al had built the demone framework(M$) then all that remained was to plop the body (Billy) into the frame. christ i hope that that makes sense.
Once a snowball gets to a certain size it is very difficult to turn back the clock.
The licensing thing though... ugh... I read somewhere that that was advice given to him by his father.